A soft coup.. Leaders in the Russian army may have conspired with Prigozhin

Many questions remain surrounding the brief insurrection with which Wagner commander Yevgeny Prigozhin surprised the world last weekend.

There is a lot of mystery surrounding Wagner’s move, and the reasons that encouraged him to take this step in the face of the second, one of the most powerful armies in the world, namely the Russian army.

Is Putin’s grip relaxed after the rebellion?

However, a number of American officials indicated the possibility that Hanad had a number of Russian generals involved or conspiring with Bergozhin.

Russian leaders helped him?!

They also point out that there are indications that other Russian generals may have supported Commander Wagner’s attempt to change the leadership of the Ministry of Defense by force, and even helped him.

These current and former American officials felt that Prigozhin would not have started his uprising unless he believed that others in power would help him.

Russian President Vladimir Putin, center, speaks with Chief of the General Staff General Valery Gerasimov, left, and Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu (AP)

A senior general.. and a friend of Prigozhin’s

In addition, US officials, who were briefed on the intelligence information on this issue, suggested that General Sergey Surovikin, the former supreme Russian commander for operations in Ukraine, had prior knowledge of Prigozhin’s plans to rebel against the military leadership, which raised questions about the support enjoyed by the leader of those mercenaries among the ranks. higher ranks.

They also said they were trying to find out if Surovikin helped plan the rebellion, which has posed the most serious threat to President Vladimir Putin in his 23 years in power.

But if his involvement is actually proven, it will be the latest sign of the rift within the ranks of the Russian military leadership.

Sergey Surovikin

Sergey Surovikin

Putin will also have to decide what he will do with the “traitor general” and how he will respond, knowing that his options will not be wide!

Good reputation

Sorovikin enjoys a well-respected reputation within the Russian military, especially as he helped bolster defenses after Ukraine’s counterattack last year.

Prigozhin is also a fan of his, and he previously paid him praises when Putin appointed him in charge of leading Russian operations in Ukrainian territory.

However, the commander of Wagner was later disappointed, after that Replaced Surovikin in January 2023, In his place was appointed Chief of the General Staff Valery Gerasimovwhom he had repeatedly accused in the past of being a bureaucrat.

It is mentioned that the night of the rebellion appeared Surovikin In a video broadcast on Telegram, in which he appealed to the Wagner Group and its leader not to be reckless, to proceed with this armed coup, to obey the orders of the country’s president!

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